Empire Southwest

By: Bubbajunk.com

Empire Southwest was started in 1950 by Whiteman. They realized the start of that dream when they sold their share of an auto parts store and acquired the Caterpillar and John Deere dealerships in eastern Oregon. Although it was successful, it was too small for the ambitious Whiteman, and they repeatedly petitioned Caterpillar for more territory. In 1959, their request was answered in an unexpected way. Caterpillar offered them the dealership in Arizona.

Today, they have five Empire divisions in machinery, power systems, hydraulic service and precision machining. Their transport operates with the corporate name Empire Southwest. Jeffrey S. Whiteman is chairman and chief executive officer of the company.

The companyÂâ€Ã¢„¢s 1000 plus employees serve customers in the construction, mining, agriculture and transportation industries in a territory which includes the state of Arizona, southeastern California and northern Mexico.

Their hydraulic service provides repair and rebuild services for industrial and mobile hydraulics which is the first hydraulic repair facility in the United States to be ISO 9001 Certified.  Their hydraulic test bench is another exclusive. One of their technical experts, Larry Sumner, decided to design their own test bench after shopping for one year ago. They couldnÂâ€Ã¢„¢t find tool which meet their requirements, so they designed their own. Larry worked with fabricators in Empires weld shop to build the test bench. It is powered by a 300 horsepower engine and can pump up to 147 gallons of fluid at 8900 psi.

They take positive action to employ and advance in employment with qualified persons regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, veteran's status and disability. Employment in Empire Southwest and its divisions requires right to work authorization as established by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service which is outlined in form I-9. An offer of employment is also contingent upon satisfactorily passing reference checks, background screening and substance use testing.

They also provide benefits for employees like competitive pay, paid vacation days, 10 paid sick days per year, health care benefits, life insurance, short and long term disability and many more.